LoA Institute

Programs Facilitated

Research Methods Program, Data + Design for Development Program, and Grant Writing and Funding Workshop



Prof. Jelili Adebiyi

Associate Executive Director

I am a system dynamicist and participatory modeler who holds a Ph.D. in Community Sustainability from Michigan State University (MSU). At MSU, I trained in interdisciplinarity, sustainability and Environmental Science Policy (ESP). I draw on systems thinking, mixed methods, and participatory action-oriented approaches to model and understand decision-making, inform policy formulation, and to advance solutions to messy and complex environmental, climate, and socio-ecological problems. At the core of my work is to how to sustainably feed 9 billion people in the world. My scholarship is also theory motivated, seeks to close research-extension loop and draws on gender-aware frameworks. This current research focuses on ecological organic farming, sustainable agri-food systems and water-climate-food-energy-environment nexus in West Africa.

In different African countries, including Mali, Malawi, Burkina Faso, and Nigeria, I have been involved in research, which sought to help improve livelihood conditions through increased agricultural productivity. Recently, I participated as a contributory author to a volume entitled, The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB): Measuring What Matters in Agriculture and Food Systems. The book initiative was at the instance of The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity, United Nations Environment. I also collaborated with the United Nations Development Programs (UNDP) and some stakeholders in Africa organics to map out issues on financing organic agriculture in Africa.

Leaders of Africa

Inquiry + Creative Expression